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Immigration News Today: Fake Story Claimed Hotel Was Displacing Veterans for Migrants

Fisayo Okare

May 19, 2023

Hotel rooms, shelter dorms and bed frames photos. Photos courtesy of Karla.

Just have a minute? Here are the top stories you need to know about immigration. This summary was featured in Documented’s Early Arrival newsletter. You can subscribe to receive it in your inbox three times per week here.

New York

Fake story claimed hotel was displacing veterans for migrants:

The hotel manager said when the hotel began hosting asylum seekers, no veterans were present, and no guests were asked to leave. — Mid Hudson News

Adams claims nearly half of all NYC hotel rooms are filled by migrants, but numbers don’t quite add up:

City Councilmember Diana Ayala alluded to the fact that there are approximately 130,000 hotel rooms in NYC, but fewer than 40,000 migrants residing in the City right now. — Daily News

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New 30-foot sculpture in Brooklyn Bridge Park alludes to US-Mexico Border Wall:

The sculpture measures 30 feet tall, weighs 34,000 pounds and is made of the same steel as the border wall. — Read Documented’s exclusive interview with the artist

Why immigrant doctors threatened to strike at two Queens hospitals:

After tense negotiations, the hospital’s owner agreed to demands like 18% salary increases, reduced patient loads, pay for extra shifts, hazard pay, and more. — Documented

Inside Biden’s split with Mayor Eric Adams:

Democratic state and city officials say their tolerance for the Biden administration is wearing thin, and that they’re pleased he’s criticizing Biden on their behalf. — Axios

Mayor Adams calls on Biden to expedite work authorization for asylum seekers: 

Adams said migrant asylum seekers have made it clear they don’t want to depend on the government and want to work. — CBS News

Democrats call on Biden to eliminate the 150-day waiting period for work authorization: 

“I personally believe that the White House has been inconsistent in its stance on work authorization,” said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. — Read and share the article in English and Spanish on Documented 

Around the U.S. 

Advocates decry unsafe conditions on California-Mexico border before Title 42 ended:

The Southern Border Communities Coalition says agents failed to provide water, food, medical assistance or shelter for the migrants, who were kept in unsanitary conditions. The Sacramento Bee

Opinion — No, immigrants aren’t stealing jobs from Black Americans:

Black job opportunities aren’t conditioned on lower levels of immigration because foreign nationals tend to compete with one another for work, not with U.S. natives, research shows. — Wall Street Journal

Washington D.C.

Fewer than expected migrants arrived at the border after Title 42 expired:

A Homeland Security official said they hope the lower number of encounters at the border reflects migrants’ appreciation of the new asylum restriction rule and foreign partners’ actions. — CNN

Unaccompanied Honduran migrant teen dies while in Office of Refugee Resettlement care:The teen was taken to a Florida hospital Wednesday morning after being found unconscious. An investigation by a medical examiner is underway. — CNN

Fisayo Okare

Fisayo writes Documented’s "Early Arrival" newsletter and "Our City" column. She is an MSc. graduate of Columbia Journalism School, New York, and earned her BSc. degree in Mass Comm. from Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos.




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